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How delicate is a DSLR?
I've recently moved to DSLR from P&S with an Oly e-420. I've also got the pancake lens for when I don't want the bulk of a zoom. This is great for walking but I'm considering taking the camera out when I go mountain biking and am concerned about how damaging it. Assuming I don't crash, is there any chance of damaging the delicate internals if the camera is nice and snug in my rucksack? I imagine cross county is fine but what about downhill and the odd jump?.

I don't want to break my new DSLR when I've got a perfectly good P&S I can take. However, I do want to get the most use out of my new kit...

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Ajt99 wrote:.

I imagine cross countyis fine but what about downhill and the odd jump?.

I don't want to break my new DSLR when I've got a perfectly good P&SI can take. However, I do want to get the most use out of my new kit..

Depends on how often you come off... [??].

In a back pack the camera will take all the shocks to it's frame that can be communicated to it through YOUR frame, so if you haven't broken anything at the end of a downhill scurry, then your camera won't have done, either..

However, if you fall off and land ON your camera, you will more likely wreck it than yourself..

Me?.

Well, I wouldn't take a dSLR into a situation where the bag it was carried in could be acting as a crash-cushion for a human travelling at 30-40mph.Regards,Baz..

Comment #1

Ajt99 wrote:.

I've recently moved to DSLR from P&S with an Oly e-420. I've also gotthe pancake lens for when I don't want the bulk of a zoom. This isgreat for walking but I'm considering taking the camera out when I gomountain biking and am concerned about how damaging it. Assuming Idon't crash, is there any chance of damaging the delicate internalsif the camera is nice and snug in my rucksack? I imagine cross countyis fine but what about downhill and the odd jump?.

Well, been there, done that .

In fact, with a backpack with the body and two largish zoom lenses. And some batteries. And some filters. And some other stuff .

Even more, I've fallen once with the kit in on my back, no problems. However, there are some caveats..

First, you'll need an over-bag protection. At the end of a biking day, I look like a skunk, with a strip on my back. Some would say I smell like one, too..

Second. I carry the gear in a Lowepro allweather backpack. By no means I would carry the camera in a normal backpack, and for good reasons. I fell on a compact camera once and broke three ribs. The bleeding camera was fine, my ribs weren't..

I don't want to break my new DSLR when I've got a perfectly good P&SI can take. However, I do want to get the most use out of my new kit..

I wouldn't worry about the camera if YOU carry it, not the bike. However, I'd worry about my spine. If the backpack is not the kind you'd feel safe landing upon, it might be better to leave the beast home..

As an extra precaution, I never carry a camelback water bag in the photo backpack..

/d/n..

Comment #2

Cool. I do ride with a Camelbak but would put the camera in a dry sack to keep out the mud and sweat! I never ride to intentionally come off but maybe I'll take it easy when I'm carrying the camera...

Comment #3

I think Barrie has summed it up fairly nicely. I occasionally carry my D80 in a luggage carrier mounted bag on my mountain bike but in a VERY well padded toploader typed holster bag. I also put some bubble wrap in the bag underneath it. It has never come to any harm on my offroad trecks though I am not into extreme downhill etc riding..

Also my son takes his D40x plus 18-135 lens skiing in a padded bag inside his backpack without problems..

P.S. I do not believe in treating my DSLRs with kid gloves:.

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Sounds like 2 seperate hobbies to me.Terry GelgenD5018-55EDNikkor 70-300VR EDNikkor 105mm Macro VR ED..

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